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How to post small electrical items

Whether you’re off to university and want your parents to send you a new kettle, or you’re moving home and would like to send some of your smaller electrical appliances via courier, this guide can give you some helpful pointers. From kettles to toasters, microwaves to handheld vacuum cleaners, we’ve got all the info on how to prepare and package your item for convenient courier delivery. 

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Get delivery quotes for posting small appliances

To get prices for posting a small appliance, enter your parcel size and weight into our quote form to compare delivery prices from different couriers.

Preparing your small appliance for posting

Before packaging your item you’ll need prepare your kettle, microwave, handheld vacuum cleaner or other small appliance for posting. The first thing you need to do is make sure any appliance is switched off and if it’s battery powered, with the batteries removed. Then, carefully wrap your appliance in several layers of bubble wrap (a minimum of 5cm bubble wrap padding is recommended) and secure in place with plenty of sellotape. 

Remember to use extra bubble wrap for anything which has a pointy or sharp side, if you’re sending an iron for example, the pointy end may damage the sides of the box you’re going to use. 

It’s also recommended to wrap any power cables separately with bubble wrap. 

Picking the right box for your small appliance

It’s best to choose a strong corrugated box to post your small appliance, as this offers great protection for your handheld vacuum cleaner, toaster, iron or other domestic appliance on its journey.

If there’s any gaps in the box, place polystyrene chips (sometimes called foam/packaging peanuts) in the box under and around your cake. You can also use scrunched up newspaper if you have any lying around! Just ensure it’s tightly packed in for minimal movement during delivery.

If you can find the original packaging and inserts this is great – however this packaging usually isn’t enough to protect your item for sending by courier. This is because the item was shrink wrapped on a pallet when it was sent to you originally, so we recommend you place the original box inside a second box for added protection.

Preferably, the second box will only be slightly larger than the original, and any gaps can be filled with additional bubble wrap around the original box or bits of shredded paper if you have any lying around. 

If you don’t have the original box, you don’t need to worry. Use a strong corrugated box and place your bubble wrapped appliance inside. Ideally, you don’t want there to be too much space around your item, and you can fill any remaining gaps within the box with packaging chips to stop your item from moving around inside during transit. Then, tape it tightly shut using packaging tape.

Because things like microwaves and kettles vary in shape and size, it could be worth having a quick glance at our packaging guidelines which has a more detailed list  of helpful do’s and don’ts. 

How much does it cost to post a small appliance?

Once you have your parcel ready, you’ll need to get out your tape measure and scales because you’re going to need them to find out how much it will cost to post your small appliance. Find out the length, height, width and weight of your package and enter these into the My Parcel Delivery quote form and choose the service to best suit you. 

As appliances like microwaves can potentially weight quite a bit, and a lot of couriers have weight limits on the parcels that they can accept. For larger items, you can have a look at our large parcel delivery page for further info on these limits.

Also, when you’re sending electrical items such as small appliances, you might want to consider using a courier which comes with a signature upon delivery. Our cheapest tracked service for 25kg items is with Parcelforce. For lighter items, you can use DPD drop off which has a limit up to 18kg. 

If you would like to send your small appliance to an international destination, we have two options which both also have a maximum weight limit of 18kg. Try DPD Europe for delivery to Europe or DPD Air for delivery to the USA, Australia, China and more.

If you’re still in need of some advice on the best option for posting small appliances, our customer service team are on hand to help, get in touch now.